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Farewell to architecture: contrasts and common ground in Flanders and WalloniaSubscription

By Christophe Van Gerrewey

Two opposing approaches, one breaking with the past, the other honouring it, characterise the architecture of Flanders and Wallonia respectively

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Folio: Kanal – Centre PompidouSubscription

The shell of the old Citroën factory in northern Brussels will re-emerge as the Centre Pompidou’s latest offshoot with a design by Sergison Bates, noAarchitecten and EM2N

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Editorial: Belgium’s architectural fecundity bypasses political uncertaintySubscription

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Belgian architecture continues to strive in the face of a changing political landscape

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The AR Belgium issue is hereSubscription

Robbrecht en Daem | de Vylder Vinck Taillieu | Marie-José Van Hee | 51N4E | MSA | V+ | L’Escaut | OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen | noAarchitecten | AgwA | Dom Hans van der Laan | Lucien Kroll | Typology: Law court

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From the archive: Phillip Exeter library in New Hampshire, USA, by Louis KahnSubscription

By William Jordy

Built with ‘the invitation of books’, Louis Kahn’s brick masterpiece is an essay in ‘authentic monumentality’, from AR June 1974

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AR Emerging Architecture awards 2018 open for entries: enter today!VideoSubscription

This year, we will recognise excellence in an overall body of work: the winner will receive a £10,000 prize and be published in a special edition of the AR alongside all the other finalists

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The work of this Seattle-based practice employs mechanisms to enhance architecture’s sense of the tactile

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In a country at risk of losing touch with its handcrafted roots, a reminder of India’s dialogue with Ulm School of Design is timely and necessary

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The architecture and teaching of  Lu Wenyu emphasises the virtues of craft and precision, using historical knowledge as the catalyst for innovation

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Overlooked by the AR at the time of its completion, the enigmatic internal landscape of Sigurd Lewerentz’s masterpiece in Klippan still carries power and meaning in every brick

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All architects have a chair in them, but as with everyman novels, most should never hit the production line

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Floors in Japan have traditionally been treated as furniture, a phenomenon which has experienced a recent revival in contemporary architecture

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A song in stone: 15 Clerkenwell Close, London, UK, by Amin Taha + GroupworkSubscription

By Douglas Murphy

With pivoting bookshelves and vanishing doors, Amin Taha + Groupwork create flexible spaces to live and work in London’s historical Clerkenwell neighbourhood

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The furniturisation of architecture: from St Jerome in his study to built-in cupboards and summer pavilionsSubscription

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Architecture is increasingly disconnected from context, and its traditional boundaries blurred in favour of the temporary and the mobile

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Inspired by Art Deco, the machine aesthetic, organicism, biomorphism, Art Brut and industrial prefabrication, French architect and furniture designer Charlotte Perriand deeply believed that good design should be fundamentally transformative and accessible to all 

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Veiled in Secrecy: The Habitat for Orphan Girls by ZAV Architects, IranSubscription

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AR House winner 2018: set in the foothills of Iran’s Zagros Mountains, this girls’ orphanage gives vulnerable children a safe and culturally sensitive environment to grow up in

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Planes and plants: Vo Trong Nghia Architects’ Binh House in Ho Chi Minh CitySubscription

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AR House Highly Commended: as a new addition to the House for Trees series, this is the Vietnamese architects’ latest radical integration of greenery into architecture

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AR House 2018 Highly Commended: the architects have breathed new life into three interconnected buildings while maintaining the essence of the old structure 

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AR House 2018 Commended: made of stackable units providing living space for up to three months, this modular, portable and temporary housing system suggests new possibilities for superior forms of emergency shelter

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Pioneer Spirit: Casa Bruma by Fernanda Canales and Claudia Rodríguez in MexicoSubscription

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AR House 2018 Commended: set on a rural verdant hillside 100 miles southwest of Mexico City, this holiday home in Valle de Bravo embraces and nurtures nature

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AR House 2018 Commended: strategically laid out in relation to climate and orientation, this vaulted rectilinear brick and concrete garden pavilion creates space around it as much as within

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While there are some interesting contributions, the main exhibition’s incoherence proves that brilliant architects do not necessarily make good curators

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The Happenstance: a lively Scottish-Venetian freespaceSubscription

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A standout triumph of Freespace is Scotland’s rebellious contribution which exuberantly challenges the entire edifice of the Biennale with a participatory pavilion-cum-festival as much of Scotland as of Venice

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Top five picks from the 2018 Venice BiennaleSubscription

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Venice: problems and possibilitiesSubscription

By James Morris

From AR May 1971, a special issue devoted to the plight of Venice which predicted ‘the revival of Venice, the restoration of her new true dignity, the safeguarding of her purposes and the honour­ing of her heritage’